Protests spread in Syria, 3 killed in army assault

AMMAN - Tens of thousands of Syrianstook to the streets nationwide on Friday shouting thatPresident Bashar Assad should "leave", extending protestsdespite a military assault on restive northwestern towns,witnesses and activists said.

Ranging from suburbs of Damascus to the Lebanese border andthe desert bordering Iraq, included big protests in Idlibprovince, where tank assaults on a collection of villages inhills near Turkey killed three civilians overnight, the SyrianObservatory for Human Rights said.

That raised the death toll to at least 14 villagers in thelast two days, it said.